the whole concept of them knocking on doors to save the unwashed heathens within is rude, disrespectful and arrogant.
Not really – it’s all part of the delusion of what they believe.
I had a couple of old fellas round recently – I said “No, not interested” and one replied “You’re not religious at all then?” – They gave up on converting me and the other bloke went on & on about the next door neighbour he knew who died.Posted 4 years ago
the whole point of ‘evangelical’ religions is that you go out and convert people.
My 75 year old Mum’s a missionary and regularly goes to India, the Philippine’s and Africa to convert people.
I think she’s given up on me and my siblings and is casting her net further afield.Posted 4 years agojekkylMember
Don’t engage with them with anything like ‘I’m an aethist’ etc because then they know that you’ve considered it and made an opinion and will keep coming back to convert you. I did like to goad them when I was a student though opening the door and saying ‘so what are you peddling then?’ was a good starter followed by odious sexual questions about what and what isn’t a sin, and wether god thinks we should all enjoy ourselves so how can any act which gives us pleasure be classed as a sin? etc etc. Do slugs go to heaven? what about cows? aww c’mon cows are nice, I love beef, why are they excluded from divine (bovine? lol) grace?Posted 4 years agoyunkiMember
they’re really just salespeople though aren’t they..?
looking to swell the congregation (and coffers) at their church to fix the roof or whatever..?
I think my idealistic outlook prevents me from seeing this clearly..
By ‘sparing some time’ you are wasting your time & theirs.
Aye true enough.. I think I end up trying to ‘save’ them though.. it’s a doorstep save-offPosted 4 years agogofasterstripesSubscriber
My father’s tactic – say “I’m just listening to some music, we can talk when it’s over. Do you want to come and listen” – “Yes, sure” – “It’s the Ring Cycle, I’m on disc 2”. *Turns music up very loud, relaxes*
LP Side ends, they draw breath “I’ll just turn it over”
LP Side ends “Next disc”
He put some Jehovah’s Witnesses though that twice, they stopped coming back.Posted 4 years agoyunkiMember
A very quaint couple, recently retired at a guess, have been round a couple of times this summer..
I’ve entertained them a bit, had a listen, asked some polite questions, explained a bit about my thoughts and made them giggle.. Mostly in the spirit of letting them know that not all tattooed skinheads that live on council estates need saving..
Does anyone spare some for these folks or do you give them a hard time..?Posted 4 years agomtbfixSubscriber
I live next door to one. Every so often he will bring a conversation round to whether or not I’d like to go to his church. I didn’t mind the first time but after repeated attempts it does start to feel a bit like his disrespecting my choices. Still, we move house later this year so he’ll have a new target for his converting ambitions.Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
If you aren’t going to be converted what is the point in continuing the conversation?
To have a conversation?
they’re really just salespeople though aren’t they..?
Not really – they call it missionary service. They think they are helping. They actually believe this.Posted 4 years agogofasterstripesSubscriber
Meaner tactic best reserved for Salespersons – Keep a pack of fake/prop blood handy.
When you see them through the keyhole/spyhole apply liberally>open door>extend hand>”I’m a bit busy right now do you want to come back when I’ve finished, eerm, what I’m doing”Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Does anyone spare some for these folks or do you give them a hard time..?
NEVER GIVE AN INCH.
MrsGrahamS made the mistake of having a polite chat with a door-to-door bloke from the Jehovah’s.
She wasn’t remotely interested in joining, and made that clear, but did want to find out about their beliefs regarding blood transfusion, surgery, transplants etc as it is something she occasionally has to deal with at work.
They had a nice chat and he left her a bunch of leaflets.
Then came back with a DVD the next day.
Then returned the following week to ask if she’d watched it yet.
Then again the next week with a book.
Then again the next week..
He’d clearly built up a little fact file on us because every single polite conversational throwaway remark was stored and recited back to us weeks later.
Bit creepy really.Posted 4 years ago
He’d clearly built up a little fact file
they keep diaries and revise before a 2nd/3rd visit.
It’s designed to win you ever prove they have shown an interest/remembered you.
I can see with the lonely and vulnerable it’s quite effective if someone turns up, calls you by name, remembers what your dog is called etc.
Win people over and then get them into your gang/religion by stealth.Posted 4 years agosteveoathSubscriber
2 young lads (late teens early 20s) dressed in suits got talking to me on the bus a few years when i was heading to a band practice before playing a gig. They tried to get me to invite them into the studio then comp them tickets!! Probably should’ve. This is(was) us….
[video]http://youtu.be/tMtmyugLEng[/video]Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Felt more like Mafia-style persuasion to me:
“And how’s your daughter? Sophie isn’t it? She’s getting to be a big girl now isn’t she? Going to the heathen school soon? Be a shame if anything were to happen to her…”
(or at least it would have done if not delivered by a wet flannel of a man).Posted 4 years agoscuzzMember
Bit creepy really.
And have you seen their faces? That glazed over look? The tactful deflection of your polite comments, the outright avoidance of your not-so-polite comments? They’re expert junkies and you’re the path to their next fix.
Imagine how you’d feel if you talked someone down from the edge of a multi-story car park. Imagine how high on life you’d feel knowing you’d saved someone’s life. That’s the high they’re going for, delivered by a few choice knocks and ready-written pamphlets.
Lazy evangelists, go help someone.Posted 4 years ago
And I mean help, not prey upon.DaveyBoyWonderMember
The last time we had a visit (going back a good 7 years now!) was whilst I was in the middle of sanding our floors. So I answered the door covered in saw dust wearing some dainese leg armour, some Fox goggles and a dust mask. I don’t actually recall saying anything to them before they left…Posted 4 years agoslowjoMember
They came round to see me while my gran was over having tea. She was a ‘lovely little old lady’ who really wouldn’t say boo to the proverbial goose.
I was trying to see them off, politely, when she came to the door behind me?
“Are they Jehovah’s love?”
She motioned me to one side, took my place at the door and said:
“Jehovah’s Witness eh? Well, I have only got one thing to say to you lot”
I was as shocked as they were. They left and it turned into a sort of Life of Brian moment as she walked back into the house muttering.Posted 4 years agothetallpaulSubscriber
I find that turning the tables works very well.Posted 4 years ago
Many years ago I was washing the car when the gaggle of JWs came up the road, split into pairs and went to each house in the street.
After working out exactly who they were I proceeded to try to convert them to UFO-ology. 45 minutes later, the car was clean and they couldn’t get away fast enough.
The next time they came up the street they definitely avoided our house. I was so tempted to wash the car again. 😈lemonysamMember
I walked down the stairs in my student house to find my housemate starkers in the doorway chatting to some mormons about theology in a bad german accent. He’d seen them from his room, stripped off and invented his persona of Günther the naturist on the way down the stairs.
He was normally a very reserved chap so no idea what led to it.Posted 4 years ago
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